Tom Minogue rightfully finds the trend towards privacy/secrecy in public life troubling. Tom observes that the FoI legislation has made things worse in some ways as it seems to have engendered a whole new culture of finding exemption from complying with the act and notes that the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee which under John MacAllions convenorship could boast that it never discussed any petition in private has been replaced with a PPC that never seems to discuss anything of note in public. Tom has launched petition (PE01491) urging the Scottish Government to amend the law or codes of paractice such that it is compulsory for decision makers such as sheriffs, judges, and juries at their courts, arbiters, and all panel members of tribunals that are convened and held in Scotland and  governed by devolved legislation, custom and practice, to declare if they have ever been members of organisations that demand fraternal preference to their brethren over non-brethren, or organisations which have constitutions or aims that are biased against any particular sect, religion or race.